Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a 43-year-old waitress with a fixation on Marilyn Monroe.
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Ridiculous back stories aside this is a great 90's movie (complete with overly schematic class conflict) mostly because the actors create nuanced characters in spite of these stereotypical situations. Sarandon and Spader 's faces are truly fascinating to watch and not just in the love scenes. I doubt fifty shades of grey will be worth revisiting 30 years from now.